Category Archives: handmade gift items

New Flower and Butterfly Votives

Last year when I prepared for my Panhandle Trail exhibit I really wanted to try out my idea for votives made from recycled pickle and condiment jars. The first idea was to handpaint them with designs using alcohol inks, but I knew I wanted a print of my image on there. I did not attempt […]

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“Big Nap” Decorative Dish for Autumn

How’s a nice round napping ginger kitty for autumn, napping on a bright blue bed like the clear blue skies of September? Jelly Bean’s roundness is a little exaggerated but it really was a big nap. Another one of the feline shapes I love. “Big Nap” decorative dishes are based on one of my brush […]

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Woodland Sunflowers Welcome September, a Votive and More

“Woodland Sunflowers” is different from all my other votives, and it’s because of an idea I had long before I began making these. This glass votive is etched inside by hand and finished with a handpainted design of woodland sunflowers based on one of my photos. It’s made from a repurposed glass roasted red pepper […]

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Butterflies and Wildflowers for Summer

I didn’t intend to make a set of these two, but that’s what happened! Together they make a nice accent for someone who loves butterflies and wants more of them in their home. This would also make a nice gift set too! A Special Discount When You Purchase Both Buy both the votive and keepsake […]

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A Selection of New Feline Votives

I let my seed lights swag across the photo and it almost looks like there’s a crack in something, but it’s really just an artsy effect. The last batch I made in May have a few different designs and styles from the ones before and with smaller jars too, and all in summery colors. They […]

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Feline Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

I had another stash of vintage cigar boxes in reserve and decided it was time to make some new keepsakes from them. Because I was preparing for Hearts and Paws last weekend, the first group of keepsakes were all feline designs and those are the ones I feature here. I’m working on the flower designs […]

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Butterflies Votive or Accent Lamp

I etched the inside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with forest green permanent alcohol ink. The art can be clearly seen on the matte finish label even […]

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Decorate Your Table With a Tortie Tablecloth

Handmade of unbleached cotton muslin, this little accent tablecloth is 36″ x 36″ and has the same image, “The Roundest Eyes”, printed and hand-tinted four times, one on each corner. It is signed and dated below the design and has my handwritten “label” reading “handmade, hand-printed, hand-painted” and the year. Washing instructions are included on […]

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Feline and Flower Votives in Summery Colors

This time I worked out a few different designs and styles with smaller jars than last time, and all in summery colors. All are etched on the inside with the design adhered on the outside and also have embellishments painted on the outside too, but this time I tried out frosted clear labels instead of […]

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Signs of Peace & Love: Flowers & Butterflies

The peace sign is a peaceful blue, and the heart is a vibrant red, and from there we have two opinions. The flower is a sunflower, specifically a woodland sunflower, a motif you may see frequently on this site. The color is golden yellow, but the center is stippled on with copper metallic paint, just […]

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